Monika Palmberger is Visiting Professor at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre at the University of Leuven and Hertha Firnberg Research Fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. She earned her PhD at the University of Oxford in 2011 and thereafter has pursued postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen and at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna. Her central research interests are memory, generation and the life course in contexts of war/migration. She is author/editor of three books: How Generations Remember: Conflicting Histories and Shared Memories in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina (Palgrave 2016), Memories on the Move: Experiencing Mobility, Rethinking the Past (with Jelena Tosic, Palgrave 2016), Caring on the Move: Ethnographic Explorations of Aging and Migration Across Societies (with Azra Hromadzic, Berghahn, forthcoming 2017).
Jeremy F. Walton is the leader of the Max Planck Research Group, “Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities,” at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, a position that he began in March 2016. Since graduating from the University of Chicago with Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2009, Dr. Walton has had the good fortune to pursue a variety of teaching and research positions. From 2009 to 2012, he was an Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow in New York University’s Religious Studies Program; from 2012 to 2013, he was a Jamal Daniel Levant Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS); from 2013 to 2015, he was a member of the CETREN Transregional Research Network at Georg August University of Göttingen; and, from 2015 to 2016, he was a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies of South Eastern Europe at the University of Rijeka.
Kimberly Hart is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York, Buffalo State. Having conducted over a decade of fieldwork in the Yuntdağ, north of Manisa, her work focused on a women’s carpet weaving cooperative, love and marriage, and Islamic practice. Her book, And Then We Work for God: Rural Sunni Islam in Western Turkey, published by Stanford University Press in 2013, was written while a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. This year she has a Senior Scholar Fulbright Fellowship to study the street animals of Istanbul. Her new fieldwork considers urban transformation and the secular and Sunni-based configurations of meaning surrounding feline and canine lives in a rapidly changing urban landscape. Much of her work is visually-based and includes photography exhibits, the most recent, “Josephine’s Fragments,” is currently on view at the Erimtan Museum in Ankara.